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Keeping Score: Revolutions in Music - Beethoven's Eroica
Keeping Score Revolutions in Music - Beethoven's Eroica
Actors: Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 50min


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Actors: Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Classical, Documentary
Studio: San Francisco Symphony
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, French

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More heroic than I had realized
Mr John Haueisen | WORTHINGTON, OHIO United States | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This dvd was given to me by friends who know I love to learn more and more about music.

It consists of a complete performance by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra of Beethoven's Third Symphony, "The Eroica,"


Michael Tilson Tilson Thomas, conducting a movement by movement "tour" of Beethoven's Third. Tilson Thomas explains what was going on in Beethoven's life and provides various explanations of why the music is the way it is. Comments are added by some of the SFSO's musicians, including their approach to playing Beethoven.

I had long known of Beethoven's original intention of dedicating the symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom Ludwig saw as "a leader come from the people." Later, of course, when Bonaparte crowned himself emperor, Beethoven literaly scratched out the dedication to Napoleon, and it has been hereafter know simply as the Eroica, or heroic symphony.

What I didn't know, which Micael Tilson Thomas explains, is that Beethoven was confronting the reality of his impending deafness, just at the time he was writing this symphony. He explains how the symphony includes Beethoven's anguish and (unfounded) shame at being a deaf musician. Yet he goes on to explain that Beethoven faces this demon, and the music tells us that he goes on with life. Thus Beethoven's Eroica is heroic in more ways than is commonly known."
A Great Exploration of Eroica
Mobius | Folsom, CA United States | 03/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is a shame that more DVDs of this quality are not produced. A movement by movement explanation of a pioneering work in classical music history. MTT does a fabulous job of providing his personal insights into the music with a terrific musical ensemble. This is the "Big Picture" tour of the work, the great facade of the building and not necessarily the intricacies of its architecture. A detailed exploration of the nearly molecular construction of the music is not undertaken (it would take quite a few DVDs for that) but the overall storyline is beautifully explained. Beethoven's music has a poignancy that can't be denied; a sharing of thoughts and emotions with his audience that leaves both better off for the experience. I hope there will be more pieces such as this about Beethoven's music in the future. I heartily recommend this to any fan of classical music."
Heroic MTT
Steven P. Mackin | San Francisco, CA USA | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was at one the performances they filmed for this wonderful DVD. The SF Symphony is my favorite band (this from an ol' Deadhead!), and MTT is brilliant! I hope he never leaves.

We have all heard the Eroica a million times before. How could there be anything new to hear in it? The SF Symphony succeeds. An example, there is a moment in the variations of the fourth movement when the first chairs, violin and viola, share a few fleeting mesaures, and you realize why Alexander Barantschik and Geraldine Walther are first chairs. What they do seems spontaneous and absolutely magical. The performance is filled with such moments.

I recommend all of the DVDs in the "Keeping the Score" series. The performances are more than first rate, and MTT supplies an insightful and informative lecture in each instance. They would have done Lenny proud."
Beethoven comes alive for young musicians
soulanchor | 09/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After first viewing this production on PBS, I immediately ordered the DVD. I knew our eldest son, then a high school Senior and a horn player, might enjoy it. He certainly did! This is a must for people who can't get enough of "inside looks" at professional orchestras. Michael Tilson Thomas provides wonderful insight into Beethoven's life: both professional and personal highs and lows. The descriptions by the musicians of their parts would be inspirational for any young person involved in band or orchestra."